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    How Will the New Documentary Rules Affect Women Filmmakers?

    When I read the NY Times story earlier this week about the proposed changes for films to qualify for a documentary Academy Award nomination, I wondered how these new rules would affect films by and about women.

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    (UPDATED) Will Oscar Shaft Truly Indie Docs? They Already Have.

    It's hard to believe that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and its Oscar documentary branch are instilling a new rule that docs would have to receive a review in the New York or Los Angeles Times to be eligible, thereby excluding plenty of worthy indie nonfiction work. Part ...

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  • Spout
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    10 Great Films Set in New Mexico - For the State's Centennial

    Happy belated birthday to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, which celebrated its 100th anniversary as a state this week. One century ago, on January 6, 1912, the New Mexico Territory was admitted to the union by Congress. And throughout its existence the state has been a major part of cinema and ...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Now: Melvin Van Peebles' 1998 Doc "Classified X"- A History of African American Stereotypes in Cinema

    Melvin Van Peebles' 1998 documentary, Classified X, explores racist stereotypes of African Americans in the history of cinema, beginning with the silent film era.

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    "It's About You" is a Nostalgic Documentary Barely About John Mellencamp

    With 2011 going down as a year for nostalgia in cinema, one leftover not to be overlooked is the documentary "It's About You," a fittingly retro film of John Mellencamp during the making of his 2010 album No Better Than This. For that, Mellencamp was nostalgic himself, going old school...

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  • Indiewire
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    Cinema Eye Honors Nominees for Genre-Bending Award Include 'Beginners,' 'My Joy'

    The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking have announced the five nominees for their second annual Heterodox Award, which honors a narrative film that "imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production." Last year's winner was Matt Porterfield f...

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    The Doc Option: Instead of "The Iron Lady" Watch "Tracking Down Maggie"

    Is there any reason to see "The Iron Lady" than to watch Meryl Streep knock another one out of the park? Was there any reason to watch the Bulls in the late '80s other than to see Michael Jordan? I don't know. I haven't seen the new Margaret Thatcher biopic, and I don't kno...

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    Here's The Top Grossing Documentaries of 2011, Led By 'Justin Bieber'

    Over the next few days, Indiewire will be offering a series of charts reflecting the big winners at the box office this year. Today's chart takes on documentaries, which were collectively led by none other than Justin Bieber.

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    Review and Interview: Wim Wenders' Exceptional 3D Doc "PINA"

    One of the best films of 2011 finally hits theaters in the U.S. today. Wim Wenders' "PINA" is a marvelous, magnificent, necessary and pioneering 3D documentary. I reviewed the film back in October during the New York Film Festival. Here's an excerpt.

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    The Doc Option: Instead of "War Horse" Watch "The Battle of the Somme"

    Two Doc Option columns in the same week? Hey, if Steven Spielberg can release two movies back to back, it's only fair that I get to provide alternatives for both. So yeah, here's another Doc Option for you:

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